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  1. Qatari foreign minister promises “best World Cup” ever, says human rights changes will come

    Aug 4, 2015, 7:15 PM EDT

    Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohamed al-Attiyah gives a press conference following his meeting with his Tunisian counterpart, Taieb Baccouche, in Tunis on June 4, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID        (Photo credit should read FETHI BELAID/AFP/Getty Images)

    The “end of the year” promise could be the real deal, but the nation has certainly taken its time.

  2. WATCH: Ex-Barcelona midfielder Xavi scores a wonderful free-kick on debut for Qatari club

    Aug 2, 2015, 8:06 PM EDT


    Xavi gets up for preseason friendlies, and in his first match for his new club, the 35-year-old rips a classic free kick.

  3. Bidding for 2026 World Cup delayed amid scrutiny over 2018, 2022 tournaments

    Jun 10, 2015, 7:55 AM EDT

    Sepp Blatter

    The U.S. are the favorites to host the 2026 tournament, but FIFA is concentrating on trying to get its house in order.

  4. FIFA compliance head: Russia, Qatar could be stripped of World Cup if hard evidence emerges

    Jun 7, 2015, 9:37 AM EDT


    While the statement seems obvious, the public admission by FIFA is a big step.

  5. VIDEO – U-20 World Cup roundup: Mexico stunned, Portugal rolls

    May 31, 2015, 9:11 AM EDT


    Mexico found themselves punished for a pair of sending offs, while Portugal, Uruguay, and Colombia were all tested but came out on top.

  6. Xavi’s tearful goodbye: Legend confirms move to Al Saad, ending Barca run at 17 years

    May 21, 2015, 10:41 AM EDT


    The announcement is the final touch of a poorly-kept secret, and comes with the Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League on the horizon.

  7. British journalists jailed in Qatar after reporting on conditions for World Cup laborers

    May 18, 2015, 8:58 AM EDT


    A crew from the BBC were locked up by Qatari officials for… doing their job.

  8. Qatar, FIFA plan to house 12,000 fans on cruise ships at 2022 World Cup

    Apr 20, 2015, 7:16 PM EDT

    Sepp Blatter, FIFA president

    In FIFA and Qatar’s latest installment of “No, We’re Not Joking, We’re Serious”…

  9. Thanks to 2022 World Cup projects, Qatar’s population is at an all-time high, and climbing

    Apr 8, 2015, 7:55 PM EDT

    Sepp Blatter, FIFA president

    Qatar’s population is at an all-time high, thanks to 2022 World Cup construction, with another 1.5 million migrant workers on their way.

  10. April Fools! The top gags that actually fooled soccer fans on this day

    Apr 1, 2015, 3:30 PM EDT

    Sepp Blatter, FIFA president

    April Fools’ Day jokes — everybody’s got them, and while most aren’t funny, a few people came through with good ones today.

  11. Barcelona’s Xavi set to sign deal in Qatar; will not join New York City FC, MLS

    Mar 26, 2015, 2:42 PM EDT

    Barcelona's midfielder Xavi Hernandez ce

    Xavi is heading to Qatar on a three-year deal, will get paid $11 million per season.

  12. Blatter’s empty words say Qatar must “do more” to improve working conditions

    Mar 15, 2015, 10:12 AM EDT


    Sepp Blatter said some things about Qatar, and bad or good, not much has actually been done.

  13. FIFA exec: 2021 Confederations Cup won’t be held in Qatar

    Feb 25, 2015, 11:48 AM EDT

    Sepp Blatter, FIFA president

    The 2022 World Cup is messing up, well, everything in the soccer world.

  14. Premier League exec: Top leagues “let down” by winter World Cup

    Feb 24, 2015, 12:30 PM EDT

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    A November/December World Cup would force a long stoppage in domestic play, something Premier League executives are very upset about.

  15. Qatar World Cup scheduling problems serve to strengthen FIFA stigma of incompetence

    Feb 23, 2015, 7:02 PM EDT


    FIFA is trying to jam the World Cup somewhere into the sporting calendar, and it’s not going too well.

  16. Report: Decision to move 2022 World Cup to November, December “a done deal”

    Feb 18, 2015, 5:42 PM EDT

    Sepp Blatter, FIFA

    Qatar will host, and yes, it will be played in the winter.

  17. Asian Cup roundup: United Arab Emirates off to hot start

    Jan 11, 2015, 5:30 PM EDT

    UAE v Qatar - 2015 Asian Cup

    The United Arab Emirates and Iran both earned three points in their opening matches of Asian Cup play.

  18. 2015 Asian Cup preview: Japan shooting for fourth title in five tournaments

    Jan 7, 2015, 7:00 PM EDT

    Asian Cup Trophy Tour

    Japan are once again favorites, but the quality of Asian soccer is quickly on the rise. They’ll face plenty of competition for this year’s title.

  19. Blatter to Asian delegates: “The World Cup 2022 will be played in Qatar”

    Dec 1, 2014, 10:52 AM EDT

    Qatar 2022

    Perhaps the “where” is out of the way, but the when and how remain.

  20. English official compares 2018, 2022 World Cup bidding to “Wild West”

    Nov 16, 2014, 5:14 PM EDT

    Sepp Blatter

    Robertson got the job in 2010, while the process was going on, and his initial questions as to how England’s bid was going were met with an interesting response.

  21. More reports of slave-like conditions in Qatar World Cup cities could turn heat up on FIFA

    Nov 7, 2014, 3:42 PM EDT

    Labourers work at the construction site of Qatar Foundation headquarters in Doha

    While the report doesn’t say that workers are building World Cup stadia, it does deepen previous reports of civil rights issues in Qatar.

  22. European clubs propose later domestic Cup finals, April-May World Cup in 2022

    Oct 30, 2014, 11:15 AM EDT

    Qatar 2022

    The proposed moves would leave only 10 days prep time before the World Cup began, and would also alter the UEFA Champions League schedule.

  23. Top European clubs prefer to play Qatar World Cup in May

    Oct 24, 2014, 7:44 AM EDT

    Qatar 2022

    The European Club Association includes at least one club from every nation in UEFA and includes Manchester United, Chelsea and Barcelona.

  24. FIFA official advocates late night start times for World Cup in Qatar

    Oct 21, 2014, 8:23 AM EDT

    Qatar 2022

    Harold Mayne-Nicholls’ plan would be a boon for US television viewers, but would it sit well with the players?

  25. IOC: Winter switch for World Cup 2022 wouldn’t clash with Olympics

    Sep 9, 2014, 11:23 AM EDT


    Awesome news all around, as Sepp Blatter has assured the International Olympic Committee that a winter World Cup in 2022 wouldn’t clash with the Games.

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